Sainz: Russell made a mistake that cost me qualifying

NORTHAMPTON, ENGLAND – JULY 17: Carlos Sainz of Spain driving the (55) Scuderia Ferrari SF21 in the Pitlane during practice ahead of the F1 Grand Prix of Great Britain at Silverstone on July 17, 2021 in Northampton, England. (Photo by Mark Thompson/Getty Images)

Ferrari’s Carlos Sainz qualified 11th for tomorrow’s British Grand Prix as he had contact with George Russell at the start of the race, which dropped him to the last place in the first lap.

The Spaniard made a comeback from 20th to 11th place after he made contact with the Williams of Russell. Sainz believes the British driver deserves a penalty.

“We had a problem at the start that cost us a few places. Trying to recover, Russell made a pretty serious mistake while I was overtaking him and that cost me the race. Then I recovered from 20th to 11th. We’ve given it everything we could,” Sainz told DAZN F1.

“Russell lost the car, hit me, and sent me off. We’ve seen penalties for smaller things, so I don’t understand how he finished ahead of me, it shouldn’t be like that.”

Despite his early trouble, Sainz admitted enjoying the Sprint race and his recovery but states he’s not happy about his finishing position.

“Spring qualifying gave us the opportunity to recover, I’ve enjoyed it, but is not where I wanted to be. Tomorrow’s objective is to be between the top five or seven. I had fun, thought I don’t know how it looked on TV. Fans are the ones that have to judge, this new format is for them,” he concluded.

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